NASA's Official 'Galileo Dies' Page.
Galileo is set to crash into Jupiter on Sunday. Responsible for many great images
and tons of information, Galileo served well. Find a complete history of the Galileo mission here
. Also, don't forget to watch the End of Mission webcast this Sunday at approx. 2 PM EST here
was a Portuguese poet and mastermind. He created and maintained several heteronyms who each had their own distinct writings, went on to lead interesting lives, and even interacted with each other. All in the public eye.
The truth about their existence was only discovered after the death of Pessoa and the subsequent discovery of a trunk
containing writings from all of them.
"Come and knock on my door..."
Actor John Ritter dies of aortic dissection, an unexpected rupture of the aortic wall.
The man in black is no more. Johnny Cash passes away
from diabetes complications early this morning.
I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time.
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you're mine, I walk the line.
RIP Johnny Cash.
He died last night at 71.
Warren Zevon, RIP
Born January 23, 1947. Died September 7, 2003. Now I guess he can get some sleep.
Kir Bulychev died today.
.) Those of us familiar with Russian sci-fi will always remember him for such masterpieces as Poselok
(Those Who Survive) and a famous children's series Devochka s Zemli
(The Girl from Planet Earth). More than just a writer, he was a profuse translator, East Asian researcher, and playwright. Over ten films were produced from his books and scripts. Almost all works are online in Russian
, but I could find no online translations.
So you know all those worms that have been circulating recently? Well, turns out that they mean that the Internet has failed. (via the Obscure Store)
Wesley Willis: Rock and roll star
, movie star
and friend to all he met passed away last night
from Leukemia at the age of 40. The six foot five, 320 pound Chicago area musician
who cut his teeth on the streets selling city landscape drawings and playing music on his tiny Casio keyboard was infamous for his raw insightful songs and ability to draw his audiences into a schizophrenic's take on
The Capital Times' obituary page
"Sally Baron, age 71, of Stoughton, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2003.... Memorials in her honor can be made to any organization working for the removal of President Bush."
Bob Hope passes way.
Will there ever be another like him?
Thanks for the memories Bob!
St. Jude is dead.
Senior editor of influential cyberculture magazine Mondo 2000
(the magazine that arguably inspired Wired
) and the original grrl-hacker, dead at age unknown
. She coined the term "cypherpunk," wrote interesting books
, and encouraged every girl to get online
Remembering the Dragon
On July 20th, 1973, Bruce Lee
died, a month before the premiere of the film that would affirm his star power to Hollywood
. As of 2003, an exhibition
, a DVD boxset
, a documentary
and global fan worship
continue to mark his rise to immortality. As far as a younger I was concerned, he'd already achieved it in his lifetime (viewing note...cable channel AMC will be airing the above-mentioned movies and documentary as part of a tribute this coming weekend).
Buddy Ebsen aka Jed Clampett and Barnaby Jones, dies...
I don't recall ever seeing The Beverly Hillbillies on Irish TV, but I clearly remember Barnaby Jones as a kid, which got shown in syndication here. I always thought he was too old to be a detective, but I always found the show strangely watchable.
He had quite a career - a career in vaudeville, he danced with child star Shirley Temple, he was the singing voice of the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz, he was the framework for Mickey Mouse in some of the early Mickey Mouse cartoons....truly, he was one of the last connections to the golden age of Hollywood.
that Strom Thurmond died about an ago, this time for real
. The South Carolina senator first served as state senator in 1933, went on to become governor in 1947, and won his Senate seat in 1954. In the last years of his term, the recently-retired Senator was barely functional, unable to so much as wield a gavel. Thurmond will likely be remembered for leading the opposition to civil rights for blacks in the mid-20th century. Strom Thurmond was 100 years old.
David Brinkley dead at 82.
He was one third of the 'holy trinity' of network news in my youth, along with Walter Cronkite and John Chancellor. His career covered the White House from FDR to Bill Clinton. This Week With David Brinkley was one of my favorite things to watch on a Sunday. He'll be missed, and I reminisce on how much journalism, and not just on television, has changed
since I was a child.
Rumors of his death are greatly exaggerated. Well, not greatly, exactly...
My hometown paper blows it out their collective nether aperture. (News media keep obits of the famous ready to use; here's one that detonated prematurely.)
From the Smoking Gun via Drudge. And I cringe, yet again, that I live in this lousy town with its crummy newspaper.)
The one and only Dead Rock Stars Club.
This site, while nothing really to look at, does represent one hell of an effort. Only on the web.
1980, as it happens, was a particularly bad year, taking Ian Curtis, John Bonham, John Lennon, Bon Scott and Peter Sellers.
A soul legend is dead.
Edwin Starr, 70s soul singer, who wrote the seminal "War
" has died of a heart attack aged 61.
There is one more star in heaven.
Leslie Cheung has died.
I have no idea how to express my grief, but I feel that this should be discussed here. Yet his death seems to go unmentioned. What could drive someone to do this, and how could the media ignore such a tragic event?
Barry Sheene dies at 52
Britain's most popular motorcycle racer has died of cancer. His exuberance and lust for life were truly inspirational. He'll be missed.
Influential experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage
died in hospital today after an operation for a long illness. If he is known at all, he is known as the director
of short films like "Dog Star Man"
and the controversial "Window Water Baby Moving", whose graphic portrayal of his first son's birth incited feminist ire and inspired the spoof "Misconception"
. Those who have no exposure to his work should mourn the loss of a filmmaker whose collagist, primarily non-camera
work was colorful and revelatory
. (more inside)
Mr. Rogers Dead.
Fred Rogers of "Mister Roger's Neighborhood" died of stomach cancer at age 74. To be honest, his was never my personal favorite PBS kid's show growing up (I preferred off-brand shows like "Zoom" and "3-2-1 Contact"). But my appreciation for him when I was an adult was pretty high. Anyway, it's a sad day in the neighborhood.
Take this life and shove it:
So goodbye then, Johnny PayCheck
. Even the very British and conservative Daily Telegraph
honoured you today with an affectionate obituary
[Reg. required: full text inside.
] I wonder how many unrepentant rebel-singin', cocaine-sniffin', bar-brawlin', hard-drinkin', good-lovin', corn-munchin' musicians there are left. And whether any of the young 'uns today will be able to keep up, livin' the life, as long as you did. Even though you too eventually succumbed to preaching against drink and drugs. I suspect most of the new generation will become health freaks by the time they hit forty and that you, Sir, were one of a dying breed.
As an update to a difficult earlier thread
, "Ripper" or Brandon Vedas
has a new memorial site
dedicated to "the education and prevention of future tragedies", and is up thanks in part to the work of his brother.
gunned down in Phil Spector's
home, was the star of B movies like Barbarian Queen
and Barbarian Queen 2
, and also made appearances on classic television shows such as the A-Team
, Knight Rider
, Three's Company
and of course, The Love Boat
Cartoonist Bill Mauldin Dead at 81.
Mauldin was the creator of the every-GIs Willie and Joe
during WWII and twice won the Pulitzer Prize.
Snooker legend dies
A very sad day for snooker lovers. Bill Werbeniuk, the only man to split his trousers on live television during a professional snooker match, has died. And he liked a pint or thirty.
Emmett just barely got on that train to Mississippi. We could hear the whistle blowing. As he was running up the steps, I said, 'Bo,'--that's what I called him--'you didn't kiss me. How do I know I'll ever see you again?' He turned around and said, 'Oh, Mama.' Gently scolding me. He ran down those steps and gave me a kiss. As he turned to go up the steps again, he pulled his watch off and said, 'Take this, I won't need it.' I said, 'What about your ring?' He was wearing his father's ring for the first time. He said, 'I'm going to show this to my friends.' That's how we were able to identify him, by that ring. I think it was a Mason's ring.
, 81, who wanted the world to see her teenage son's
after his slaying in Mississippi in 1955 and who became a figure in the civil rights movement, died of a heart ailment Jan. 6 at a hospital in Chicago. She had kidney failure.
The impact of the Emmett Till case on black America was even greater than that of the Brown decision. On January 20, 2003, The American Experience will present, on PBS, The Murder of Emmett Till
. (Continued Inside)
a bleak moment for beauty:
herb ritts has died. nytimes link.
50 is an odd age for a rock star to die.
25 or 75 both seem right. But fifty? That's absurd! And he never got round to reforming the Clash ...
Peace Activist Philip Berrigan Dead at 79
Yes, I know, obituaries are depressing. But this man was one of my very few heros. He fought a good fight, but in this age of corporate sponsored and government promoted dimunation of conscience can a single person "bearing witness" to the immoral actions that go on in this world really make a difference? Or is the idea of citizen protest just a quaint vestige of another era?
Bigfoot is dead.
The original 'creator' of the legendary bigfoot hoax has died. Some of his "work"
. How much more difficult to pull off would a 'hoax' of this magnitude be today?
Philosopher John Rawls dead at 81.
Highly regarded philosopher and Harvard professor John Rawls passed away Sunday at age 81. He is perhaps best known for his work on the Concept of Justice
. You can also see his bibliography
1940s slapstick comedian, passed on over the weekend. the star of hail the conquering hero
and the controversial miracle of morgan's creek
was often regarded as the onscreen alter ego of pioneering writer/director preston sturges
. unfortunately, he correctly predicted that his appearance at film forum
would be his last.
Moors murderer Myra Hindley is dead
The serial killer was serving her 36th year behind bars at nearby Highpoint Prison, Suffolk. Hindley and Ian Brady, 64, were jailed for life in 1966 for the sexual abuse, torture and murder of three youngsters. In 1987 they confessed to two more child killings.
R.I.P. Squirrel 2002-2002
He lived a short, productive life. Some guy finally shot and killed him to end his reign of terror over Chesire. I'm sure that with a good taxidermist, he will be stuffed and live on in the hearts of all of England. He also spawned an unintentionally funny caption
to a picture: "A squirrel, similar to the one shown in this file photo, is spreading terror in a Cheshire town where it keeps attacking people
I dub thee "Chester the Crazy Squirrel". May he live his afterlife like he lived his life, by attacking people at random.
Jonathan Harris (1914-2002)
No one wreaked interplanetary havoc -- and devoured Irwin Allen's
scenery -- quite like Harris
as Dr. Zachary Smith
, the distinctively diabolical space stow-away in the 60's TV series Lost In Space
A fifty-year veteran
of movies and TV, Harris
was 87 when he passed away Sunday.
Even though it was tricky to rock around, he wore his Adidas proudly.
RIP Jam Master J of groundbreaking rap group Run DMC was shot and killed today. Remember where you were when these forerunners of rap came on the scene?
Family Asks Cheney Not To Attend Wellstone Service.
"Upset by Republican activities", the Wellstone family has uninvited Cheney to Sen. Wellstone's funeral. This article
suggests that it's as much an issue of the awkwardness of Cheney being at what might amount to a Democrat rally, as it is about the family not wanting him there.
"Sometimes I question the wisdom of continuing on in a profession that is under siege and under valued. I am aging, I am tired and some days I don’t know how I can continue to teach the newest and brightest of our profession." Part of an essay
written last year by Cheryl McGaffic
, one of the nursing professors killed by a disgruntled student
at the University of Arizona yesterday.
Actor Richard Harris dies
"Don't let it be forgot - that once there was a spot - for one brief, shining moment - that was known as Camelot..." Such a sad day all around. R.I.P., Richard.
The Obituary for Alan Walker Read, the man who tracked down the origins of 'OK'
[from The Economist, by way of Slate] Your interest in Professor Read may be marginal, but where OK came from is pretty fascinating. Fourth word spoken on the moon?
Many of us learned about Rick Gleason, the Canadian badly injured in the Bali explosion, through the efforts of his friend, known to us on MetaFilter as stavrosthewonderchicken
, who published regular updates on Rick's condition on his blog
(see also this thread
). Sadly, Rick has died in a Melbourne hospital